Originally Posted by Pmiles82
I have just purchased a 29g nano cube and need help as to how to set it up. I have always had FW tanks and have always had a great desire to venture into saltwater and finally took the plunge. I bought the tank of a freind and have no idea how to set it up or what i need to do/buy to have the tank up and running. My goal is to have a few fish, coral and possibly a small if (not sure if the tank is big enough)
Thank you for your help.
What you'll need:
Refractometer to test the salinity
RO/DI water. Pleae do not use Tap Water as this will cause you water parameter issues.
Reef Master water test kit.
1.5lbs of Live Rock per gallon or a mix of Live Rock and Lace Rock
Sand Bed of 3-4" or Crushed Coral #0 of the same depth
Powerheads for water movement, your not going to need anything big, enough to turn the water over 20x an hour if you plan on going Reef.
Skimmer rated at 2 times the water volume
T-5 HO out light fixture with 4 lamps, 2 10k and 2 actinic
Or Metal Halides 100w or LED's for lighting. You need this high light if you are planning a Reef
Tank set up goes like this. Fill the tank half way, put in the Sand ro Crushed Coral, then place your Live Rock the way you want it. Fill the tank the rest of the way, and wait. It will take up to 6 weeks for the tank to cycle, unless you use fully cured Live Rock. Once this happens you can add small fish one at a time about 2 weeks apart so you do not create another cycle. Once the tank is at least 6 months old you can add a Anemone. The corals can cone after 3 months.